What is the most reliable indicator for violent crime in a neighborhood? Is it segregated communities? Institutional racism? Lack of educational resources?
All statistics point to one thing as the major cause: single parent families. Where two parents can stick together over the long-haul in a healthy relationship, children and communities thrive. But the long-haul relationship is becoming increasingly rare. According to the Pew Research Center:
– 87% of children lived in a 2-parent home in 1960. It was 73% in 2000, today it’s at an all-time low of 69%
– While a majority of children grow up in a 2-parent home, only 45% of children are living with parents in their first marriage
– Children are being raised in increasingly evolving families – there is less stability as parents divorce, separate, re-marry, etc. 3 in 10 children under 6 experience a major family change
What’s to explain the breakdown of the family? There are many factors to this, but much is explained by the abandonment of God’s design for the marriage. Even obvious classifications such as gender are being called into question. What does it mean to stay faithful to God’s design for marriage and our roles as husbands/wives/parents?
This Wednesday I will be delving deeper into these topics at a special session of our parenting class. All people of marriageable age are invited (something like near graduating college and above). We will be meeting at Black Wolf Hall in Stow at 7:30pm and will go to about 9:30 or 10:00pm. I hope to see you there!